The first case of monkeypox has been detected on the island of Ireland.
It's in Northern Ireland, according to the Press Association, with a briefing of health officials there expected later.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says, as of May 25th, there are 118 confirmed cases from 12 EU or EEA states.
"Most cases are in young men, self-identifying as MSM [Men who have Sex with Men]. There have been no deaths", it says.
It adds that the clinical presentation is generally described to be mild, with most cases presenting with lesions on the genitalia or peri-genital area.
"This is the first time that chains of transmission are reported in Europe without known epidemiological links to West or Central Africa, where this disease is endemic.
"These are also the first cases worldwide reported among MSM", it says.
Symptoms of monkeypox include:
- itchy rash
- fever (>38.50C)
- muscle aches
- swollen lymph nodes
A multidisciplinary incident management team has already been set up by the Health Service Executive (HSE).
It says this is to "actively monitor this evolving international situation and prepare services in Ireland for the possibility of monkeypox cases arising in Ireland."
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